The Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) is responsible for pre-award administration of grants and contracts; supporting investigators in developing proposals and funding strategies for their research and scholarship; protection, management, and licensing of the University’s intellectual property; oversight of the use human subjects, animals, biological and chemical hazardous agents, select agents, blood borne pathogens, radioactive materials and lasers in research, teaching and training; environmental health and safety; and implementation of the University’s policies on conflict of interest in research, export controls, research integrity and research misconduct. The OVPR assures that the services and resources provided by the units under its direction meet the needs of the research community and satisfies the requirements of laws and regulations that govern research and protects the University’s interests. This includes policy development, strategic planning and oversight. The OVPR also works closely with the research leadership of the schools and Tufts Medical Center to promote cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources to maintain a positive working relationship between the schools and with the hospital.
Additionally, the OVPR maintains close working relationships with faculty and department chairs in order to keep abreast of the needs and direction of research and to foster an environment of open communication and responsiveness.
Technology Transfer & Industry Collaboration is a unit within OVPR and is responsible for the management and commercialization of the intellectual property portfolios of Tufts University as well as for the negotiation of research agreements with industry, the latter in coordination with Pre-Award Research Administration.
The Licensing Associate will be responsible for (i) evaluation of invention disclosures for commercial interest and patentability; (ii) management of patent prosecution through internal and external patent counsel; (iii) creation of non-confidential summaries; (iv) marketing technologies; (v) helping faculty identify and secure commercial sponsors of their research; and (vi) participating in negotiation of the various types of agreements inherent to the technology transfer process.